Babbacombe & the English Riviera

Babbacombe & the English Riviera

An 8 day tour to delighful south Devon


An 8 day tour to delighful south Devon


Babbacombe sits adjacent to Torquay, yet  continues to enjoy its own independence. It boasts its very own promenade, theatre, shops, restaurants, hotels, B&B’s and of course the world famous Babbacombe Model Village. Stunning coastal views are abundant right around Lyme Bay’s Jurassic coast as far as Portland Bill. 

All this sits high above two beaches and a harbour with footpaths and road access in addition to the historic Babbacombe cliff railway, one of only a few original working funicular railways still in existence today. Babbacombe leads naturally into the adjoining village of St. Marychurch which has its own thriving shopping precinct with a wide choice of independently owned small shops and boutiques.



Totnes is a very special and unique market town in the heart of beautiful South Devon. Today, the town, with its population of 7,500 is a thriving centre for music, art, theatre and natural health. It has a sizeable alternative and "New Age" community, and is known as a place where one can live a bohemian lifestyle.



Exeter is the regional capital for culture, leisure and shopping. With over 2000 years of history, there are some fascinating attractions, including the magnificent Exeter Cathedral, the unique Underground Passages and the world class Royal Albert Memorial Museum. Historically a major port, the city's quayside area is now focused towards leisure, with a number of cafes and restaurants where you can relax and maybe enjoy a traditional cream tea! 

There are hundreds of shops, both high street and independents.

Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle lies in a beautiful deer park on the banks of the River Exe, just a stone's throw from the historic cathedral city of Exeter. The Castle was first opened to visitors in 1959, since then in excess of a million people have been through the doors to share in over 600 years of history and heritage and take away many fond memories. Having survived a great deal of damage during the Civil War, the Castle was restored and altered in later centuries. These days, visitors can marvel at the breathtaking Georgian grand staircase and the stunning eighteenth century music room. The original Victorian Kitchen is available for visitors to have a glimpse of life below stairs in the Earl's household and appreciate how the 19th century kitchen would have been run.



Situated in the south west of England, right in the very heart of Devon, Dartmoor is a landscape of stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers, and rugged, wide open spaces. Protected by National Park status as Dartmoor National Park, it covers 368 square miles. The highest point is High Willhays, 2,037 ft above sea level. The entire area is rich in antiquities and archaeology.


The village of Widecombe lies within the beautiful valley of the East Webburn river (stream!). Its name is thought to derive from 'Withy-combe' which means Willow Valley. The village is world-famous for its fair, held annually in September, which gave rise to the well-known folk song 'Widecombe Fair' and the characters of Uncle Tom Cobley and All.

Buckfast Abbey

Buckfast Abbey forms part of an active Benedictine monastery at Buckfast, near Buckfastleigh. The monks of Buckfast welcome visitors to their famous abbey. At Buckfast, visitors can see the great Abbey church with its many art treasures, rebuilt on its medieval foundations by the monks themselves.

The Abbey church, grounds, and other facilities are open throughout the year, including 3 unusual shops selling Abbey products, an excellent restaurant, exhibition and video.



Exmouth is a lively town, situated on the east coast of Devon, where the River Exe meets the sea. The town offers a diverse selection of shops, places to eat and things to do.

River Exe Cruise

Sailing throughout the year on calm and sheltered waters, this trip is suitable for the everyone. Sailing from Exmouth your Skipper will give you a live commentary on the history of the area, the beautiful sights and the resident and visiting wildlife. As a designated RAMSAR site, the Exe is one of the top rivers in the country for wildlife and is a feeding ground for several seals, you maybe lucky enough to see the resident seal on your trip.

This trip is suitable for manual wheelchair users and persons with reduced mobility.


Sidmouth is situated on the south coast of Devon 15 miles southeast of Exeter and is a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Sidmouth has a population of about 15,000, of whom 60% are over 65. Sidmouth Folk Week is a famous annual folk festival in early August attracting musicians and visitors from around the world. A large part of the town has been designated a conservation area. Like many such settlements, it was originally a fishing village. Although attempts have been made to construct a harbour, none has succeeded. A lack of shelter in the bay prevented growth as a port. Sidmouth remained a village until the fashion for coastal resorts grew in the Georgian and Victorian periods of the 18th and 19th centuries. The numerous fine Georgian and Regency villas and mansions are now mostly hotels.



Life in the busy fishing town of Brixham has always centred around the harbour, where yachts and heritage trawlers jostle for space with dayboats heading out to sea for the day’s catch. Brixham’s history is filled with pirates and smugglers, head for the Old Fish Market during spring and summer to find a whole crew of salty sea dogs waiting to delight children of all ages with puppet shows and pirate fancy dress! 

The fishing industry is thriving here, and where better to taste the fresh catch of the day than at one of the town’s many fish restaurants dotted around the harbour.


Situated on the banks of the picturesque River Dart, Dartmouth is the perfect year round destination. If it’s food you love, there is no better place to immerse yourself in Devon’s local produce than Dartmouth, from seafood to beef, ice-cream to fudge, Dartmouth is a food lovers paradise.

With an eclectic mix of specialist shops and big high street names, in a charming and historic setting, the town is a popular destination with all kinds of shoppers. There are many independent locally owned boutiques in Dartmouth that are just ‘not on the high street’ in any other area of the UK, all selling one of a kind items that make Dartmouth that extra bit special. And what shopping trip would be complete without stopping in one of the café’s for tea, coffee, or even an afternoon tea!

Day 1

We travel south to Torbay and our hotel for the next 7 nights the Babbacombe situated in a superb position overlooking the sea front. Dinner in the hotel.


Day 2

Morning visit to the beautiful small market town of Totnes, time at leisure to browse the narrow streets. We return to Babbacombe after lunch for the afternoon at leisure. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 3

Free day in Babbacombe, why not visit the famous model village or take a ride on the cliff railway to Oddicombe beach. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

Morning visit to the city of Exeter, visit the famous cathedral or shop in Devon’s premier city. After lunch we head to Powderham Castle for an included visit to the historic home of the Earl of Devon. Dinner in the hotel this evening.

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Day 5

A full day tour of the Dartmoor National Park with its heather clad moorland and deep wooded gorges and open landscapes. Picture postcard villages such as Princetown and Widecombe-in- the-Moor are in a land of folklore, myth and legends. We call at Buckfast Abbey on our return to Babbacombe, here you can visit the working monastery nestled in the shadow of Dartmoor. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 6

This morning we visit the stylish regency resort of Sidmouth, situated on the Jurassic coast. Englands first natural world heritage site, Sidmouth is a town caught in a timeless charm. In the afternoon we head to Exmouth, here we have a relaxing circular cruise on the River Exe with commentary on the sights, history and wildlife of the surrounding area. We also include a cream tea. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 7

This morning we head across Torbay to Brixham, this charming fishing port and popular resort has a rich maritime history and is a lovely place to spend the morning. We then continue on to Dartmouth, a beautiful and well-preserved old port with quaint narrow streets, a cobbled market square and bustling marina. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 8

Sadly after breakfast we must leave Torbay for the journey home to Cumbria.


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The Babbacombe Hotel

A warm welcome awaits you at this 80 bedded, all en-suite, sea front hotel. Offering friendly and comfortable surroundings and beautiful sea views.

The Babbacombe Hotel enjoys a level position directly on the sea front overlooking the famous Babbacombe Downs with far reaching beautiful views across Lyme Bay. Many of our bedrooms have stunning sea views and some have private balconies.

The Babbacombe Hotel offers accommodation for all guests, we have family rooms, single rooms and a number of disabled rooms, a large number of these have sweeping sea views and some have balconies. All rooms have TV & tea/coffee making facilities

Here at The Babbacombe Hotel all of our public areas are situated on the ground floor. The hotel has a modern passenger lift to most bedrooms, we also have 7 ground floor bedrooms.

The Babbacombe Hotel also has 10 purpose built disabled wet rooms, all built to DDA Grade 5. In addition to those rooms many of our bedrooms have step in showers with easy access.

There's a bar with live entertainment most nights plus a sun lounge with access to the terrace and garden.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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